Ronald Lipscomb began his education in the Philadelphia Public Schools and Settlement Music School. He then went on to attend Manhattan School of Music in New York City for four years and began to work in the music industry recording, playing shows, and appearing with performers. Ronald also attended Marlboro School of Music and participated in masterclasses given by world-renowned cellist Pablo Casals. He played with the New York Philharmonic in the summer continued on to play with Concerto Soloists upon returning to Philadelphia. Ronald has taught cello and chamber music in area universities.
Nathaniel Stottlemyer holds both a Bachelor and Master degree in Ethnomusicology, Percussion Performance, Studio Production, and Professional Certificate from Liberty University, The Catholic University of America and Berklee College of Music. He is also in the process of obtaining a Doctoral degree in Music Education from Boston University. Nathaniel has a broad experience in performace and technology-based pedagogy and is a music educator, composer, and producer.
Mr. Stottlemyer has served as an Adjunct Instructor of music at Anne Arundel Community College, percussion ensemble director and technology-based music teacher at Annapolos High School, and director of ensembles at Brooklyn Park Middle School.
An accomplished percussionist, Nathaniel has concertized with a number of critically acclaimed artists and ensembles including Jenny Oaks Baker, Alex Sharpe(of Celtic Women), Rachid Halihal, Hicham Chami, the Luis Gara Ensemble, Fuad Foty, N. Scott Robinson, the Annapolos Chamber Orchestra, and the McLean Orchestra. Mr. Stottlemyer’s interests include technology-based music learning, world music, and culturally responsive learning.
At four years of age, David Queppet got into his uncle’s collection of 45 single records. He heard Mickey Baker, Les Paul, and the Every Brothers, and that got him hooked on music. He immediately wanted to get a guitar and learn any type of genre he had heard. Following his love for guitar, David tried other instruments such as banjo, bass, mandolin, harmonica and ukulele. He started teaching in his own way and enjoys cultivating a love for music in his students just like he did when he was young.
Miguel Hidalgo-Monroy, alto saxophonist and clarinetist, was born November 2, 1987 in Richmond, VA. He got his formal music training at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. While attending Berklee, he was fortunate enough to study under the guidance of Bill Pierce and Greg Osby. Upon graduation he did a few contracts playing saxophone, flute and clarinet with Carnival and Holland America Cruise Lines. After moving on from cruise ships, Miguel ventured back to NYC and could be heard around the city playing in many notable clubs. Recently Miguel has completed a Masters in music from North Carolina Central University. While there he studied and was mentored by Branford Marsalis and Robert Trowers. Miguel has performed with numerous notable musicians such as Branford Marsalis, Benny Golson, Joe Chambers, Antonio Hart and Stefon Harris to name a few.
Erin Kearney is a graduate of Mansfield University with a Bachelor’s degree in Music. She has taken lessons from a member of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic for three years, as well as been part of Maywood University’s String Project where she learned fiddling techniques. During her time at Mansfield, Erin has been apart of the American String Teacher’s Association(ASTA). With ASTA, she had the opportunity to play for a few moments with Mark Wood, formally of Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Before going to college, Erin was part of Scranton High School’s Advanced Strings for three years, in one of those years she performed in Disney World. Erin enjoys bright colors, happy music and always having a good time!
Nicholas Dean is a native Philadelphia musician who has been playing guitar for 15 years, piano for 20 years, and electric bass for 5 years. He has previously studied under guitar virtuoso Jim Dragini and is now studying composition and orchestration with composer Eric Haecker. Nicholas’ fusion style is rooted in the Motown, folk, r&b, pop and musical theater that he heard around the house in his youth. He then found home recording and began to experiment with beat making and hip hop production. Nicholas traveled to Egypt in 2014 and developed an interest in Eastern music, which inspired him to develop his own system of music theory, rooted in overtones and synthesizing Western tonality with Eastern microtonal systems
Joyce Mannato has over 15 years experience in teaching vocal music and piano in both private and public schools. Originally from El Paso, Texas, Joyce earned her Bachelor of Music from University of Texas at El Paso and taught high school choir before enrolling in Boston University for her Master of Music Education.
Joyce has taught students of all ages and levels voice, piano, vocal ensemble, sight-singing, theory, and performance techniques. She is passionate about teaching students based on their musical interests to then expand their knowledge to other musical genres and styles. Joyce currently teaches music to preschoolers and serves in her church’s music ministry as a director of the children’s choir and a cantor for masses.
Jason Roamer studied Music Education at the University of Nevada in Reno where he developed his playing in the Bel Canto style. He was the principal tubist in the University symphony orchestra and symphonic band. He played bother trumpet and Trombone in the University Jazz lab band. Outside school, Jason was the principal tubist in the Reno Pops Orchestra and Carson City Symphony, and he currently plays with the Rose Tree Pops and Carriage House Brass.
Former students of Jason’s have attended Boston University’s Tanglewood Young Artists’ Institute, won scholarships to both Lake Tahoe and Donner Mine music camps, and won seats in the Reno Philharmonic Youth Orchestras.
Jimmy Cianci has been playing local venues for over 30 years, and teaching for over 26. He teaches all ages and styles on both six and twelve string orientations. Jimmy places an emphasis on the importance on the various fields of music theory and strives to combine that knowledge with what his students wish to play. He has played in several well known groups in the area and specializes in Hendrix and Santana style progressive rock music, but his passion is creating and recording original music. His original compositions have been compared to Frank Zappa, Jimi Hendrix, and Deep Purple.
Steve Harbaugh has been drumming for 40 years, and teaching the art of drumming for 35 years. He attended West Chester University where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in percussion performance. He received his teaching certificate from Immaculate College, and received honors for academic achievement. Steve loves to play any style, but has a special love for jazz drumming.
He is a master of the traditional grip in drumming, but realizes most students lean towards matched grip playing. Steve believes the most important element in drum technique is to let the stick bounce and do all the hard work. With a history of playing in many varied ensembles, Steve is ready to help all eager and aspiring drummers.
Ryan Berg is a dedicated drum-set performer and educator with international touring and teaching experience. Ryan’s educational background includes studies conducted at Berklee College of Music in Boston and extensive studies with world-renowned educator Gary Chaffee, whose former students include many of the top drummers working today.
An active performer, Ryan has performed internationally in diverse musical settings with artist such as Project/Object featuring Frank Zappa band alumni, composer Chris Opperman, and many more.
Former students have performed internationally, attended college, and participated in national tours. Current and former students alike include professional performers and educators in the area.
Julianne Featherman graduated from Kutztown University with a B.S. in Music Education. Her primary instrument is trombone, and she has also played piano for several years.
Julianne believes that for private teaching to be effective, the teacher needs to be passionate and enthusiastic about music, as well as proficient and knowledgeable with their instrument. She is willing to experiment with different teaching methods and adapt them to the needs of the student. Lessons and music should be a fun and informative experience.
Julianne has experience playing with orchestras, musicals, marching bands, jazz bands, and trombone choirs. She is currently in a band called Swing House, where they play jazz/fusion music.